We’re creatures of habit. We crave routine and structure, something which has been difficult this past year.
Setting a Daily Routine
With my Bailey business life being so busy, it’s important that each day has a daily routine and structure for me to follow. Whether I’m working or just going about daily life, having a plan gives me the drive to stay on track and achieve my best each day – or as close to as possible.
Early Morning – 5:30 – 6:30am
I try to wake up early every day; there’s no better feeling than ticking off boxes before the sun rises. As soon as I wake up, I drink a pint of water with a pinch of salt immediately. Sodium is a main component of action potential in your body (how your body makes energy) and having a pinch of salt in water is thought to aid digestion. I fast (something which I’ll get into) so anything that can help my digestive system whilst it’s at rest is beneficial.
I then follow a pretty standard personal hygiene routine – no fancy face creams here – and drink a double espresso. I love coffee but have definitely bettered my relationship with caffeine over the past year or so.
Still early on in my day, I like to have 10 minutes of light therapy while I practice mindfulness. My light therapy consists of a little gadget called The Human Charger and my Red Light Rising full length panel.
The Human Charger reminds me of an iPod from 2012 but instead of playing music, it channels bright light directly to the light-sensitive regions of the brain – right to where it’s needed most. This version of light therapy helps keep the body’s circadian rhythm consistent, especially during the dark winter months.
I won’t dive into all the benefits of Red Light therapy now as there are far too many to list but ready my personal review blog if you want to know more.
I like to mix in heat therapy when I can but this can be a little harder when I’m on the road a lot. I have a private infrared sauna at home that I try and use 3-5 times a week for 35 minutes, followed by a cold shower. That really does start the day sharply!
I’m a very big note taker and jotter. I spend time each morning looking through my notes from the previous night to see what my day holds for me. Sometimes I write in my journal a little more or write down any thoughts that have come to me first thing – this really helps with keeping all my ideas organised and documented.
How Does the Weather Affect My Daily Routine?
Around mid-morning I look at the day’s schedule to see where I need to be and decide if I should go outside for my daily walk if the weather isn’t horrendous or if I should just stay home and do some light yoga and stretches instead.
Why Do I Go For a Walk Each Day?
I think its massively important to get bright light first thing in the morning to set you up for the day, and if it’s dry I will get out for some steps and Vitamin D. Supplements just don’t give you the same level of the nutrient as what you’d get even from a 30 minute walk on an overcast day.
What’s my Favourite Coffee Brand?
After some light exercise I will generally make my first Bulletproof Coffee for the day. I have been drinking Bulletproof coffee since Anth Bailes sent me some a few years back. Drinking this coffee brand only became part of my daily routine early in 2020 after reading Dave Asprey’s book Super Human (a book I can genuinely say changed my life – read me talking more about it here).
One of the many things I took from this book was developing my routine of fasting 6 days a week. I was always a big breakfast person first thing in the morning but now I won’t eat my first meal until around 2pm because my appetite gets satiated from the good fats included in Bulletproof coffee.
Most of the vitamins and supplements I take are fat soluble so I tend to have them around this time of day. Here’s a current list of what I take:
- Liquorice Root
- Glaxon Super Shroom
- Vit B12
- Vit D3
- Vit K2
- Vit C
- Krill Oil
My first meal is rich in omega 3 fatty acids with either salmon or tilapia with monounsaturated fats like avocado and the rest of the plate filled out with vegetables and fibre from foods like broccoli and asparagus. I do eat chicken now and then – but not much – and then visit my butcher for a good grass finished steak on a weekend.
Intermittent fasting has left me feeling better than ever before both energetically and cognitively. I try to eat my last meal around 8/9pm, taking this roughly an 18/6 fast. The research is already there to prove how this can prevent ageing and disease but I think in the next few years we will understand it even more.
It almost sounds like I am on a Ketogenic diet but I throw my carbs in on my last meal and often finish the day with natural yoghurt, blueberries, 80% dark chocolate and Manuka honey.
The Importance of Having a Night-time Routine
My days of course include a lot of screen time with shooting and editing so I try to not look at screens after 8:30pm, or at least use blue blocking glasses. Red Light Rising also do really good blue light blockers aside from just the light therapy lamps along with Joiuss.
I’ve recently starting adding banana tea into my nightly routine at around 9:00pm-9:15pm. What is banana tea? Well, you chop off both ends of the banana and boil it skin-on to release the potassium and other nutrients. I find it really helps me sleep. I also take my Kokora CBD oil before bed along with Ashwaganda and L-Theonine.
At 9:15pm-9:25pm I reflect on my day, writing in my journal and making helpful lists for the day to come whilst spending time in front of my Red Light Rising Panel.
I like to feel fresh before bed, so I’ll spend some time doing personal hygiene steps to feel fully ready for bed before moving onto meditation or rhythmic breathing. I really recommend the State app for anyone who hasn’t tried breath work before.
I try to stick to 10pm for my bedtime. I’ll block out all sensory distractions with an eyeshade and ear plugs, then sleep underneath a weighted blanket. Again, I’d really recommend a weighted blanket if you’ve never tried one before – they’re used quite often for yoga poses like Shavasana.
What’s your own daily routine?